Upcoming Events


Alliance Friday, April 3 postponed

2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall — “Being in the Presence of Dementia”
With the growing incidence of dementia, we all know of friends and/or relatives who have received a diagnosis or are struggling with caring for someone with cognitive decline. Marisa Pasquini, a member of our USSB congregation, will speak on this subject. She is the author of Surviving Dementia without Losing Your Mind: The Essential Guide for Families and Caregivers. Her approach is to teach skills on how we can accept our loved ones’ “new reality” of cognitive impairment. This program will be in a conversation format with time for Q & A. Eileen Bunning will serve as facilitator. Eileen is a registered nurse with a degree in health care administration and a masters in psychology. She served as CEO for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care. Her extensive experience concerning health care for an aging population and in leadership positions with USSB are invaluable. Marisa is a dementia caregiver coach and has served the elderly with disabilities, dementia, and Alzheimer’s for over 20 years. She will explain “The New Reality Rules” for caregivers. Gail Stichler will assist this presentation.

Meet people, hear from an excellent speaker to learn what’s happening in our community, engage in a Q and A, and enjoy refreshments and social time. The Alliance is an independently incorporated altruistic and educational organization. In addition to offering a monthly program, the Alliance makes enriching donations to USSB and to the broader community. Meetings are open to all and you are warmly invited to come and bring a friend.

Courage to Search Saturday, April 4 postponed

The ARE Team (Nancy Edmundson, Paul Freeman, and Ann Taves) invite you to participate in Courage to Search, a workshop-based approach to personal exploration, sharing, and reflection designed to help participants better understand who they are, where they came from, and how they might evolve as individuals. The program will include:

  • Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM-noon in Jefferson Hall (Introductory Workshop)
  • Sunday, April 5, 12:30-2:00 PM in Jefferson Hall
  • Wednesday, April 8, 6:00-7:30 PM in Jefferson Hall
  • Wednesday, April 15, 6:00-7:30 PM in Jefferson Hall

Pick up a brochure for more details or go to www.ussb.org/lifelong-learning/programs-for-adults. We will have a limited number of places for participants who are able to commit to attending all four April meetings. If you have already attended an introductory workshop, the April introductory section is optional. If you are interested, please let Kathleen (kathleen@ussb.org) know by Monday, March 30, or sign up on Realm.

Attention All Men – speaker via zoom

The Women’s Empowerment Speaker series is actively encouraging men to attend our next event “Sexual Assault as a Social Issue” on Sunday April 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 via Zoom. Our speaker will be Elsa Granados, longtime Executive Director of Stand Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA, formerly the Rape Crisis Center). To learn more about how sexual assault is actually a men’s issue, check out this TED talk by Jackson Katz, author of the Macho Paradox and leading activist in the field. Email Rachel Aarons for more information.

Vegan Potluck Sunday 4/12 postponed

In view of all that is happening with the coronavirus concern, we are cancelling the vegan potluck for April. If you have questions please email Cathy Albanese at albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.

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